& # 39; It's very hard to live & # 39 ;: single mother complains two-thirds of her $ 550-a-week income on the prosperous north coast of Sydney – arguing for a wage increase
- Single mother spends almost two thirds of her weekly income on rent only
- Natalie Jasco, 43 and six-year-old daughter live in Cremorne in the north of Sydney
- She receives $ 1100 from the pension but after rent and bills she can save nothing
A single mother living in Sydney's prosperous North Shore spends nearly two-thirds of her weekly income on rent and argues for a pay rise to keep up with the cost of living.
Natalie Jasco, 43, and her six-year-old daughter live in the expensive suburb of Cremorne in North Sydney and pay $ 320 a week in rent.
She is currently studying a business degree, Jasco is on a parental benefit and completes informal secretary work to save it.
Natalie Jasco, 43, and her six-year-old daughter live in the expensive suburb of Cremorne in North Sydney (pictured) and pay $ 320 in rent per week
Jasco receives $ 1100 from the pension, but after rent, bills, food, school fees and a personal loan, there is no money left to save.
Talk to news.com.au, Jasco said that all her expenses are increasing every year, but her wages are not rising.
& # 39; I have no savings at all and try to help my parents. They can't afford to go to a nursing home, & she said.
The Fair Work Commission raised the minimum wage by just 3 percent last week, which is an additional $ 21.60 per week, but many claim it's not enough.
The annual assessment raised the minimum wage to a total of $ 740.80 per week, which is only $ 19.49 per hour, and affects 2.2 million Australian employees.
The decision irritated the Australian Trade Union Council, which was aiming for a 6 percent increase, and said the 3 percent increase was not enough to provide a & # 39; living wage & # 39; to be.
"Wages must rise in line with the cost of living, not only from the private sector, but also the pension must be increased," said Jasco.
Jasco said that she is not hopeful that something is going to change and that she cannot buy luxury items for her daughter.
While she's just finished, Jasco said things can change drastically if her daughter turns eight because there are chances that the pension might fall.
A single mother living in the prosperous North Shore of Sydney spends almost two thirds of her weekly income on rent alone (photo: Cremorne Point)
If the pension does indeed fall, Jasco cannot continue to live in Cremorne, what she must do to be close and take care of her parents.
& # 39; That's why I'm studying to get extra certifications so I can get a full-time job, & # 39; she said.
According to a recent study completed by CoreData, nearly nine out of ten Australians under 55 are concerned about the rising cost of living.
Concern comes from rising prices of energy and fuel, as well as slow wage growth, economic instability and healthcare costs.
Respondents to the survey expressed concerns about owning a home, financially supporting a family, and investing in university education.
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